Toluene

Toluene is a clear water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, reminiscent of the related compound benzene. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial feedstock and as a solvent. Like other solvents, toluene is also used as an inhalant drug for its intoxicating properties; however this causes severe neurological harm.

Synonyms
Methyl Benzene, Phenyl Methane, Toluene, Toluol, Benzene, methyl-, Phenylmethane, methylbenzol, methacide
Chemical Formula
C7H8
CAS Number
108-88-3

Characteristics

Molar Weight
92.14 g/mol
Melting Point
-95.0°C
Boiling Point
110.6°C
Flash Point
3.9°C
Density
0.865 g/cc
Forms
Flammable, Liquid (clear)

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Disinfectant
  • Ink, toner and colourant
  • Lacquers
  • Leather processing
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Personal care
  • Paint and Coatings
  • Rubber

Industries

  • Chemical Processing
  • Energy Services
  • Rubber
  • Cleaning
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Lubricants
  • Polymers
  • CASE & Construction